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Microsoft President Warns of Orwell’s 1984 Coming to Pass in 2024

The surveillance-state dystopia portrayed in George Orwell’s 1984 could “come to pass in 2024” if governments don’t do enough to protect the public against artificial intelligence (AI), Microsoft president Brad Smith warned in an interview for the BBC’s investigative documentary series Panorama.  During the interview, Smith warned of China’s increasing AI prowess and the fact that […]

Microsoft Wins $21.9 Billion Deal To Build Army AR Headsets

On Friday, March 26, the U.S. Army awarded Microsoft a fixed price production agreement to start manufacturing the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS).This award shifts the augmented reality (AR) headset’s prototyping stage across to the manufacturing...

Ford-Android Partnership Leaves Microsoft in the Dust

Ford announced that it will bring Google’s Android technology to the automaker’s car customers and its offices as part of a new six-year deal. Google Cloud Platform will be Ford’s “preferred cloud provider,” the company announced in a...

Microsoft Wants to Turn You Into a Chatbot After Death

Would you chat with an AI-enabled bot version of a deceased loved one? It’s a question popular dystopian TV show ‘Black Mirror’ asked in its second season. Now, it seems Microsoft might be readying to ask the same question of consumers.Last month,...

Microsoft, ESO Working With AI – To Upgrade Astronomy?

The European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) and Microsoft recently announced a new joint three-pronged project to leverage AI and potentially revolutionize astronomy, according to a blog post on Microsoft’s official...